James Wilton Lorio, Sr. M.D., a resident and native of Baton Rouge, died Saturday April 21, 2012 at Ollie Steele Burdon Manor. He was 92. Dr. Lorio was a veteran of the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Major having received a Purple Heart. He became Co. "G" company Commander, and was one of the first five officers in the 511th PIR at Camp Toccoa, GA. Following the war Dr. Lorio was a military governor, Fukui Prefecture Honshu, Japan. He received his medical degree at LSU in 1954 and practiced as a family physician for 20 happy and successful years in Baton Rouge. After retiring from private practice he re-entered active duty in the USPHS in 1975, serving as a Medical Director, Captain, National Hansen's Disease Center, Carville, LA, then one year Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno, OK, all years of service on hazardous duty status, including Southeast Asia in 1983. At the time of disability retirement on August 1, 1989, Captain Lorio was the last WWII Paratrooper on Active Duty in the Uniformed Services of the United States. He was loved by many and a friend to all. Dr. Lorio was a devoted animal activist. Visitation will be Tuesday April 24, 2012 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Services under the direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St. Survivors include his daughter Gayle M. Lorio of Marietta, GA; granddaughter, Natalie La- Londe Day of Roswell, GA; grandson, Cpt. Wm. Steele La- Londe of Key West, FL; great granddaughter, Addison Marie Day. Pallbearers will be, Steele LaLonde, Ross Day, Ralph Lorio, Charles Bourgeois, George Bourke, and Tony Valure. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Day and Jody Guercio. Preceded in death by his son, James Wilton Lorio, Jr.; his parents, Dr. Clarence A. Lorio Sr. and Elsie Durr Lorio; sisters, Elsie Lorio Bourgeois, Betty June Lorio Olinde; brothers, Dr. Clarence Lorio, Jr. and Henry Lorio. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to YELP! or Good Mews, no-kill animal shelters.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2012